Today I am excited to share this breathtaking and bold celestial inspired wedding styled shoot.
Gwenda says of the shoot…
Styling and Floristry – Bohotanical
I’ve had a love of all things celestial since my early teens (AKA ‘The Astrology Years’!), and had long dreamed of creating a bridal inspiration shoot on just this theme.
Blending the key star and moon motifs with rich textures, modern calligraphy, and swirling agate, the characterful setting of The Old Parish Rooms was perfection.
Balancing the striking blue of Karen’s dress and the bright white of the Old Parish Rooms’ interior, I opted for predominantly green, foliage-based arrangements, with just a hint of white for starry highlights!
The over-sized bouquet was echoed by the elevated, attention-demanding table centre of foliage flowers and candles, which created a canopy over a low runner of foliage and more candles for yet more sparkle!
Photography – Kat Forsyth Photography
To me, “celestial” immediately conjures up a picture of a starry deep blue sky, and we managed an interpretation of both with Karen’s midnight blue wedding gown being the sky, and the raw hanging bulbs in The Old Parish Rooms being the stars!
I loved the arched windows in the venue, giving it a sacred, heavenly feel, while the white walls kept everything light and bright.
Dress and Veils – Karen Dornellie
I was very excited when told the next theme for our wonderful collaborative shoots.
I had been wanting to use velvet for a while and had found a beautiful deep navy which would work brilliantly here.
The dress was made using the fabric in a continuous swath with no cutting or darting to achieve the silhouette. I just let the stretch of the fabric work it’s magic.
For the detailing I used a stunning swirly sequin trim and lots of silver tulle drape.
The veils were both in the same silver tulle. One a simple long and wide cut and the other a blushed style with star sequins scattered over the crown and finished off with a starburst crystal brooch.
Stationery – Beyond Vintage
For the stationery I used a celestial constellation inspired graphic along with a top layer of vellum with gold foil details.
Calligraphy place names on Agate were supplied by the lovely Ollie’s Studio to complement the designs and colours.
Styling wise we tried to bring the celestial elements to the shoot with lighting and a gorgeous hanging moon from Bohotanical.
We used crushed velvet (also from Ollie’s Studio) on the table to add to the night sky deep blue vibes, with textured marble plates from Febbie Day of Doe & Day Ceramics mixed with textured blue glassware adding depth and interest to the table settings.
Bridal Look – Retromorphosist
In keeping with the regal velvet gown, I created a soft and elegant up-do with lots of volume.
In contrast to the intricate hairstyle, I kept the makeup fresh and simple. Morgan has fantastic skin, and I used Illamasqua skinbase in a thin layer with various highlighters to create a cool, lumninous finish.
Both hair and makeup looks deceptively undone, but great care was taken to layer texture and product for a sophisticated finish.
The Cake – Ever After Wedding Cakes
I love the moon, the stars, and everything about space that is beautiful, mysterious, chaotic and romantic!
The cake table was inspired by all of this. I love the palette of deep blue combined with a metallic touch, accentuated by adding just a little white.
I created an elegant three tier marbled cake, with both gold and silver accents; a two tier buttercream cake representing the vast unknown; and a single tall tier inspired by the phases of the moon.
As an extra treat, the chocolate & vanilla marbled cupcakes were topped with heaps of vanilla buttercream icing and a sprinkle of stars!
The stars themselves tell a story of Love.
A Binary Star system is 2 stars locked in elliptical orbit around their centre of mass, a bit like Marriage centred around joined love.
So this is both an elegant and eye catching wedding theme with a hidden but beautiful meaning.
Thank you to the team for sharing this exquisite celestial inspired wedding styled shoot.
The stunning midnight blue palette reflects the night sky beautifully and the pretty gold accents lift and compliment the colour.
Wedding Dream Team (Coocouture Collective (are a group of aesthetically like-minded wedding industry professionals, who get together whenever they can to make a little magic!)
The Coocouturiers are:
Styling & flowers: Gwenda – Bohotanical
Photography: Kat – Kat Forsyth Photography
Dress & Veil: Karen – Karen Dornellie
Make up & Hair: Anneke – Retromorphosist
Stationery: Lou – Beyond Vintage
Cake: Millie-Ann – Ever After Wedding Cakes
Venue: The Old Parish Rooms – Rayleigh – Essex.